June 21, 2013 12:52 am
Updated: June 21, 2013 12:57 am

Calgarians open homes, hearts to evacuees

Flooding in Bowness. Courtesy of Chris Donihee.


CALGARY- Incredible stories of the generosity of the human spirit are on full display, in light of major flooding that has ravaged the southern part of the province.

On Thursday morning, rivers swelled in a number of communities including High River, Banff, Canmore, Bragg Creek and Okotoks. It also prompted evacuations alerts affecting a number of towns and the city of Calgary.

Not only did emergency crews rush to help residents displaced by the flooding, but those whose homes were not affected were quick to open their homes to complete strangers.

About 100 people from High River were forced to flee to the town of Nanton, and a number of volunteers showed up to help feed people, take care of pets and fill prescriptions. A local Hutterite colony also pitched in to have a hot breakfast ready on Friday morning for those who were evacuated.

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